Hey beautiful Etsy people! I’m Alecia Kringen, a metalsmith and rockhound from the Bay Area. I own Moonshine Supplies, and I am absolutely in love with stones, crystals and bones. I’ve been on the hunt for as long as I can remember, stopping at every rock shop I see while traveling or moving to a new place.
My love for stones led me to start making jewelry and selling my work on Etsy in 2010. After many years of ordering materials online for my own work, I realized that I was often disappointed by what I received – many of the stones were either “similar” to the ones in the photo, or arrived with only 2 out of 5 usable pieces. This challenge inspired me to open my own little rock shop on Etsy: one that caters to fellow creators who want to receive stones that are exactly as described and photographed.
My mission for Moonshine Supplies is to get quality stones, crystals and beads from around the world and bring them to my customers. I want each piece I send out to be beautiful and usable; I only send stones I would be happy to use in my own work. Many of my stones are unique and one-of-a-kind, and I just love to see what people come up with after purchasing them from my shop.
Moonshine Supplies is my way of being a part of the full circle of Etsy. I’ve been buying and selling on the site for so long, and I’ve always wanted to be part of the creative process for my fellow artists. I believe that being an artist helps me run an amazing supplies shop, because I know what it means to receive exactly what you order, and I understand how important it is to be able to use every single piece in some way.
In the future, I want to keep searching for the most amazing stones around the globe and bring them to my customers at a reasonable price. Speaking of which, I just returned from four days at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, which was a huge step for me in seeing stone dealers from all over. I enjoyed gathering high-quality gems for my own work and to sell to my customers.
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Maker and studio photographs by Camille Brenkwitz, item photos by Moonshine Supplies.